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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 20, 2011 1:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

I don't think there is a tighter rendition than the show opener on 8/13/75. I'm still just as jazzed about the '75 Great American Music Hall performance as I was back when I didn't have to shave and wore out a cassette of that incredible music. Plus it features one of Bill Graham's all-time best band introductions.

Another superb Help on the Way, perhaps the best from 1977, is of course the Pembroke Pines performance from 5/22/77 on Dick's Picks #3.

And one of my all-time favorite renditions opens the fabulous 9/28/75 Lindley Meadows show with a tremendous bass line by Phil...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd75-09-28.sbd.bertha-ashley.22257.sbeok.shnf

*I have intentioanally provided a link to the soundboard of this show. I'm not one of the lemings convinced that the AUD, matrix or stage mic'd sources are any better.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Sep 20, 2011 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

Here's one you might like with a cool Slipknot.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1976-09-27.sbd.miller.87664.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: billydlions Date: Sep 20, 2011 4:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

And here is one of the best Help on the Ways:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-10-09.set2-sbd.miller.12519.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 20, 2011 1:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

" I'm not one of the lemings convinced that the AUD, matrix or stage mic'd sources are any better. "

Damn Cliff. That's harsh. It's one thing to think that in gneral about an inferior AUD in a boomy arena to a SBD but I like many outdoor AUDS, and this one is definitely a classic AUD. I know you prefer the SBD

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Poster: dirtybuck Date: Sep 20, 2011 5:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

100% agree on Great American being the number one.
Love the energy on the ones in 83' after they brought it back...esp. Compton & Red Rocks.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 20, 2011 10:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

Definitely agree about 5/22/77 Cliff! One of my very favorites; the Slipknot! is easily one of the greatest ever, possibly beats 5/9/77 for me.

The GAMH version is also a favorite, One From the Vault was some of the first live Dead I ever heard.

One that doesn't seem to get much mention in the greatest ever lists is 10/9/76 - Usually I dig the Slipknot more but Garcia is very compelling during this Help. And this split Slipknot, while certainly not one of the best, does goes to some interesting places.

EDIT - ah I see BD you beat me to this one....maybe it's more popular than I thought!



This post was modified by clementinescaboose on 2011-09-21 05:44:18

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 20, 2011 4:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

I agree. '75 is the vintage year. After however, I think they never hit Help out out the park, which kind of sucks if it's one of your favs (at least in my mind where it's perfect every time; Phil's opening, everyone hitting the One hard, and Jerry forcefully and competently vocalizing.).

Well, Hunter's lyrics are out of the park. Gravestone material.

Paradise waits
on the crest of a wave
her angels in flame
She has no pain
Like a child, she is pure
She is not to blame

Poised for flight
Wings spread bright
Spring from night
into the sun
Don't stop to run
She can fly like a lie
She can't be outdone

Tell me the cost
I can pay
Let me go
Tell me love is not lost
Sell everything
Without love, day to day,
insanity is king

I will pay
day by day
anyway
Lock, bolt and key
Crippled but free
I was blind
all the time
I was learning to see

Help on the way
I know only this
I've got you today
Don't fly away
'cause I love what I love
and I want it that way

I will stay
one more day
Like I say
Honey, it's you

Making it too
Without love in the dream
It will never come true

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Sep 20, 2011 2:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

I'm with CH - I want to hear the band, not a bunch of whoopin' hollerin' stoners.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 20, 2011 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

but is there truly no consideration for the affect of tone as it travels? I'm talking about stuff like 10/9/82 for example. There are to me some instances where the AUD sounds better pure and simple because there are factors that can't be captured on a strict SBD. now this is the exception but I can list some.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 20, 2011 6:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

I prefer 1990-09-12 as an AUD. I prefer SBD usually but a good AUD is always fun. Or that epic jack straw from 1987-04-06.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 20, 2011 7:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help on the Way

6-24-70 is an AUD. So is 9-6-80. But if a SBD is in the mix, 98.3% of the time it's a SBD. Some AUD's are so bad, they should have some type of special recognition (AUD only sourcing). My vote goes to 5-3-70.